Vim version 7.0c BETA has been released

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Vim version 7.0c BETA has been released

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0c BETA


This is the second BETA release of Vim 7.

Since the first BETA release a few things changed:
- Win32 GUI implementation for the tab pages line added (by Yegappan
  Lakshmanan)
- The "autoload" directory was missing from the Win32 self-installing
  exe, causing errors during startup.
- Installing in C:\ caused the .bat files to be created in the wrong
  directory.
- The 16 bit DOS version is now included.
- A few bug fixes, see the end of ":help version7".


Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added.  To mention a few:

- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion: Omni completion
- Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
- Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
- Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
- Vim script profiling
- Improved Unicode support
- Highlighting of matching parens, cursor line and cursor column
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing of remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text

Once you have installed Vim 7.0c BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7".  There are also a lot of
bug fixes.

We can still change option names, function arguments, etc. at this
moment.  Please check the new features for consistency and ease of use.


Testing
-------

This is a BETA test version.  Because this is the very first release of
Vim 7 watch out for missing and misplaced files in the distribution.

I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7.  A Mac version should
be available soon on http://macvim.org/


Where to get it
---------------

Information about which files to download for what system:
        http://www.vim.org/download.php

All files can be found below this directory:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/

A list of mirror sites can be found here:
        http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php

Vim 7.0c is also available from CVS and with Aap:
        http://www.vim.org/develop.php


An overview of the files:

UNIX:
unix/vim-7.0c.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

VARIOUS:
extra/vim-7.0c-extra.tar.gz     extra files
extra/vim-7.0c-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/vim70chtml.zip              help files converted to HTML

MS-WINDOWS:
pc/gvim70c.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/vim70crt.zip                 runtime files
pc/vim70clang.zip               files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim70c.zip                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim70cole.zip               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/vim70cd16.zip                16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/vim70cd32.zip                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/vim70cw32.zip                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim70csrc.zip                sources for PC (with CR-LF)


Mailing lists
-------------

For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list.  There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions.  You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe.  See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim

If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
to the vim-dev mailing list.  See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-dev

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues:  http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-mac

Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
already have given the answer.


Reporting bugs
--------------

Send them to <[hidden email]>.  Please describe the problem precisely.
All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
spent on improving Vim!  Always give a reproducible example and try to
find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
bug.  Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE".  Try
different machines if possible.  See ":help bugs" in Vim.  Send me a
patch if you can!

If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list.  You need to subscribe first.


Happy Vimming!

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